LGBT Bar Press Release
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For Immediate Release
June 22, 2016

Contact:  D'Arcy Kemnitz
(202) 637-7661 /

National LGBT Bar Association
Announces Their 2016 â€œBest LGBT Lawyers Under 40”

Washington, DC — The nation’s largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and allied legal professionals released its 2016 â€œBest Under 40” list today, recognizing the country’s most accomplished young LGBT legal professionals. The National LGBT Bar Association's list includes young lawyers from across the country who have distinguished themselves in their field, and demonstrated a strong commitment to LGBT equality. The awards will be presented during the organization’s Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair in Washington, DC on August 5th.
“This year’s ‘Best Under 40’ prove how necessary diversity is to a thriving legal community," said D’Arcy Kemnitz, executive director of The Bar. “These young attorneys represent the very best of the profession. They come from law firms, non-profits, corporations and the government. Their breadth of knowledge and legal expertise demonstrate the significant talent the LGBT community brings to the law, and highlight the impact a few can have on the greater good. We’re proud to honor them and all that they have accomplished.”
This year’s honorees (in no particular order) are:
Alex Oh
Stoel Rives LLP
Seattle, WA
Ari Ezra Waldman
Associate Professor of Law
New York Law School
New York, NY

Barbara A. Schwabauer
Trial Attorney 
Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Litigation Section
Washington, DC

Brian D. Huber
Proskauer Rose LLP
Boston, MA
Chinyere Ezie
Staff Attorney 
Southern Poverty Law Center
Montgomery, AL
Clement Lee
Staff Attorney
Immigration Equality
New York, NY 
Daniel Redman
Spring & Associates, PC
San Francisco, CA
Dylan Nicole de Kervor
Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
Washington, DC
Erika Lorshbough
Policy Counsel
New York Civil Liberties Union
New York, NY
J. Denise Diskin
Teller & Associates PLLC
Seattle, WA
Jason N.W. Plowman
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Kansas City, MO
Jessica R. Bogo
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
San Francisco, CA
Katherine Kraschel
Associate Counsel
Yale New Haven Health
New Haven, CT
Matthew Benedetto
Los Angeles, CA
Matthew Putorti
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
New York, NY 
Merisa K. Bowers
Merisa K. Bowers Attorney at Law, LLC 
Columbus, OH

Nafees Nuruddin
Associate General Counsel
Brooklyn, NY
Omar Gonzalez-Pagan
Staff Attorney
Lambda Legal
New York, NY
Ria Tabacco Mar
Staff Attorney
New York, NY

S. Kerene Moore
Legal Services of South Central Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Angela Giampolo
Giampolo Law Group
Philadelphia, PA

Ashland Johnson               
Director, Policy & Campaigns 
Athlete Ally
Washington, DC
Ben Aguilar
Law Offices of Ben Aguilar
San Diego, CA

Caleb Oken-Berg
Skellenger Bender, P.S. 
Seattle, WA
Christopher Riano
Administrative Law Judge
New York State
New York, NY
Damon W. Suden
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
New York, NY
Dimitri Portnoi
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Edward Campbell
Nixon Peabody LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Felicia Medina
Managing Partner
Sanford Heisler Kimpel, LLP
San Francisco, CA
J. Michael Hearon
Senior Associate
Quarles & Brady LLP
Chicago, IL
Jason R. Parish
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Washington, DC 
Jonathan L. Brophy
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Lauren Fontana
Staff Attorney
Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center 
Denver, CO
Matthew D. Cipolla 
Jenner & Block LLP
New York, NY
Melanie Rowen
Associate Director, Public Interest Programs 
UC California, Berkeley School of Law
Berkeley, CA
Michael Bosworth
Deputy Assistant to the President; Deputy Counsel to the President
White House Counsel's Office
Washington, DC
Olivia Hunt
Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow
Whitman-Walker Health Legal Services
Alexandria, VA
R. Kent Piacenti
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Dallas, TX
Ryan Patrick Delaney
Delaney & Robb Attorneys at Law, LLC
Metairie, LA

Wendy Erdly
Special Counsel 
State Liquor Authority and Department of Agriculture
Forest Hills, NY

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The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal organizations. The LGBT Bar promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity.
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